Health & Safety Guidance
The district strongly encourages all students and staff to obtain a complete COVID 19 vaccination when eligible. Towards this end, the district will conduct vaccination clinics at appropriate times. The district will also continue to record volunteered vaccination status privately (for contact tracing) and report aggregate numbers publicly.
Wearing masks will be a parental choice during the school day.
Schools will continue to be operated to ensure high rates of air change through HVAC equipment, maximizing outdoor air to the extent possible and using MERV 13 filtering for all recycled air such as may be required by colder temperatures. Teachers continue to be encouraged to keep windows open when temperatures allow.
All students and staff continue to be encouraged to engage in frequent handwashing for 20 seconds; hand sanitizer will remain available in all spaces. Students will use hand sanitizer prior to entering the building in the morning.
Symptom Check Protocol
COVID Response Protocols for Positive Cases
Transportation – Return to pre-COVID capacity. Masks required on buses per CDC guidelines. When weather permits, windows should be opened in front and rear of the bus for increased ventilation.
Performing Arts/Music – Consultation with RSU 68 music staff – largely returns to pre-COVID practices.
Parent volunteers/visitors (school day) – Resume volunteer program, following established protocols (including sign-in form/sheet that includes an acknowledgement form outlining safety protocols).
Meetings (in-person vs. virtual) – Continue to utilize virtual meetings on a case-by-case basis depending on meeting participants and agenda.
Extracurricular Activities (Guidelines, Planning, etc) – Follow general guidelines outlined above (i.e. same as school day); groups may wish to continue virtual meetings/events as desired or able.
Parent Conferences – In person with virtual meetings still an option.
Special Events (Open House, Parent athletic meetings, Literacy nights, School-wide gatherings, etc) –
- Parent athletic meetings – virtual
- Open House – to be held in person
- School-wide gatherings – may be held as conditions permit
- IEP meeting-virtual as much as possible
- Other events – TBD on case-by-case basis as conditions permit
Social & Academic Supports
Social & Emotional Support – Social and emotional development will be addressed through small teacher- student ratios, advisory programs, as well as through guidance and social work services in the district. We will focus on transitions back to school by continuing to foster reengagement in the first weeks of school.
Student achievement will be assessed and monitored throughout the school year to identify and address any gaps in learning that may have been created. Intervention will be provided in classrooms and through targeted plans and programs in order to support students including providing additional after school support for all students and especially those with targeted needs.
Technology readiness – We will continue to incorporate technology in our teaching and learning in order to maintain successful platforms that were developed this past year and be ready to support distance learning if it becomes necessary.
Hybrid/Remote Learning – We are not planning to offer hybrid or remote options for students.
Community Transmission Ratings
The CDC identifies three levels of community transmission and provides a county-level map (CDC scale) based on weekly new infection rates.
What Prevention Steps Should You Take Based on Your COVID-19 Community Level?
American Rescue Package Expenditure Plan
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan package. Part of the package includes funds to support schools to ensure that we are able to fully open in September 2021. Maine DOE allocated funds to each school system that accepts federal money and RSU 68 was allocated almost $1.8 million dollars. The law requires that we set aside 20% of those funds for intervention work which is roughly $358,000.
RSU 68 has started the process of writing the ARP application. Based on information from families, school staff, and the school board/community it appears we are looking to use those funds in three ways: creating more space, supporting our ventilation, and intervention work. More information about our American Rescue Package Expenditure Plan can be seen below. A pdf version of this plan can be downloaded here.
Thank you to the RSU 68 staff, school board and community for their input in creating this plan.
RSU 68 plan spends $511,929.09 on student interventions
Superintendent's Office: $672,500
* Create two new classrooms in the elementary school and new furniture in classrooms and a sensory room. Build new office: $500,500 including security, phones, internet, town sewer and water, and pad/skirting. (Purchased Services)
New Furniture for office: $15,000 (Supplies)
1 new set of furniture for each grade level: $25,000(Supplies)
Sensory Room: $20,000 OT for summer 2022 (Supplies)
Update MS Title room- new door and light switch: $5,000- During Christmas Break (Supplies)
Create wall to divide office: $30,000- Maintenance for summer 2022 (Salaries-$500 Supplies- $4500 Purchased Service-$5000)
Put a new roof on the MS wing: $500,000. Out to bid.(Purchased Service)
Fix air circulator fan in elementary art room: $10,000 (Purchased Service)
Staff and Student Communication: $98,500
Laptops $20,000 per year $40,000 (Supplies)
iXL math/reading $30,000 for three years (Supplies)
Razz Kids $15,000 for three years (Supplies)
Connectivity: $13,500 (Purchased Service)
Extended School Day: $64,872
Salaries: 2 staff (one grade3-5/one 6-8) for 4 hours per week for 37 weeksX 3 years
Materials for each staff member $700 per year per staff member (Supplies)
MS Guidance – SEL books $1500 (Supplies)
Salaries: 7 teachers for 1 hour each day of summer school for three years
($45,152)Materials: STEAM $6000. (3 years)
Book club $6000 (3 years)
Drama $4152 (3 years)
Outdoor Instruments: $10000 (year one purchase)
Gaming Club. $9000 (3 years)
Writer’s Club author: $5000
Drama Club lights: $35,000
Borestone bus: $15,000
Water for STEAM work: $10,000. $60,000
Summer Programming: $68,242
The provides summer programming for four hours a week for four weeks (3 years). (Salaries)
Materials: $400/year per teacher (7 teachers) (Supplies)
Math Interventionist: $130,000
1 teacher with specific training as a math interventionist
High Quality Tutoring: $133,615
Salaries for 2 teachers for 4 hours per week for three years (Salaries)
Two programs for intervention in reading (Supplies)
NWEA as formative assessment and intervention work (Supplies)
Books for library to support reading (Supplies)
Bussing for three years (Purchased Service)
Plans and Procedures